The Coyote Wells Specific Plan, proposed by the Wind Zero Group, Inc., to be located in Southeast Imperial County between Interstate 8 and CA Highway 98 adjacent to No Mirage/Ocotillo, 5.5 miles north of the Mexican border contemplates the construction of a huge paramilitary/law enforcement training facility with firing ranges for 320 shooters of blended amunition, a burn tower, a race track, helipad,hotel and gas station.
The proposed project site is zoned residential. Residents and home owners will be drastically impacted by the zoning change. This project threatens the quality and availability of groundwater resources for the existing community. There are significant cultural resources in the area. The noise from gunfire, helicopters and a high speed racing track will make this tranquil area sound like a war zone and could trigger PTSD responses from veterans and other residents who have previously experienced armed conflict. Noise will scare away wildlife. Imperial County should not be a dumping ground for projects rejected by more affluent areas.
Driven by a concern for the destruction of the peace of their community, residents of the Ocotillo-Nomirage area have joined with people living in other parts of Imperial County to oppose a project proposed by Wind Zero Group, Inc. The project would be built in three phases. At its completion there would be 16 semi-enclosed -shooting ranges each of which would accommodate 20 shooters. There would be two helicopter landing areas, a burn tower for the training of fire fighters, and an emergency vehicle operations center, with a track to train for high speed driving. The training facility is only one part of Wind Zero's proposal. The entire proposal, named the Coyote Wells Specific Plan, also includes a 6 mile three loop motor sports racetrack, 158 garages, and, in its final stage, a 100 room hotel. This is all to be built on the same property bordering on a residential neighborhood.
Wind Zero is a corporation originating out of San Diego which has in the past obtained contracts with the U. S. Department of Defense to do highly specialized training. The CEO. Brandon Webb, is a former Navy SEAL. The proposal is currently going through the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) process.
The Ocotillo-Nomirage community is located in Imperial County, 90 miles east of San Diego and 5 miles north of the Mexican border. It is comprised of about 300 residents, the majority of whom are retired. The county has zoned it at 40 acres per dwelling because of ground water concerns. The current county plan calls for the preservation of its rural character as well as its natural resources.
People Against Wind Zero list the following reasons for vehemently opposing this project.
* This project threatens the quality and availability of the limited groundwater resources for the existing community.
* There are significant unexplored cultural resources in the area.
* The noise from gunfire, helicopters and a high speed race track will make this tranquil area sound like a war zone and could trigger PTSD responses from residents who have previously experienced conflict. Noise will scare away wildlife.
· CEO Brandon Webb stated in a public meeting in 2007 that he wanted to build the facility in San Diego, but found that people there were too concerned about the environment, so he decided to locate in the Ocotillo area. Imperial County should not be a dumping ground for projects rejected by more affluent areas.
PLEASE SAY "NO" TO WIND ZERO (COYOTE WELLS)
Just in case you do not know: The number of rounds anticipated to be fired in an average day will be 57,360. you can multiply this number by 30 days to calculate the number of rounds per month= 1'720.800, then you can multiply this number by 12 months.... that will give you the total rounds anticipated to be fired in an average year. (This data is in the Environmental Impact report
The Draft Environment Impact Report is available online at http://www.icpds.com/?pid=2308 The comment period ends on March 29. page 4.6-17 in the Hazardous Materials section.)
The chemicals of potential concern listed on the same page are:
1. Particulates of Diesel
3. Acrylonitrile (vinyl cyanide)
5. Arsenic and arsenic compounds (inorganic)
7. Butadiene, 1,3-
8. Carbon disulfide
9. Copper and copper compounds
10. Ethyl benzene
14. Methylene chloride (dichloromethane)
15. Nitric acid
17. Styrene (vinyl benzene)
18. Sulfuric acid and oleum
19. Toluene (methyl benzene)
20. Xylene, o-
21. Xylene, p-
PLEASE SAY "NO" TO WIND ZERO (COYOTE WELLS) by signing this petition.
57,360 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION TO BE FIRED DAILY BY WIND ZERO in Nomirage/Ocotillo.
Join us to speak up at the County Supervisors' hearing against Wind Zero on Monday, December 13, 2010. We will meet at 10 a.m in front of the county building( on 940 Main Street in El Centro, Imperial County) for a short briefing, and then we will go inside to speak about our concerns. Invite others.
We hope to see you there!